Koeman appeals to his experience as a player before the classic

Sant Joan DespíThe first Memphis Depay classic. Also by Eric Garcia and Gavi. It will also be Ronald Koeman’s first classic with a passion for the stadium. The coach has not tired of asking for the warm-up of the fans for this Sunday’s match against Real Madrid (4:15 pm, Movistar LaLiga). “It’s an important match because it’s a classic. But there’s a lot more season ahead. It’s a moment, however, to show that we’re on the right track. We have to play without fear, with personality and show that we can win by putting a lot of desire from the beginning of the match. The two teams play a lot, “said the Dutchman, who, while giving importance to the match for the importance of being a duel against the eternal rival, does not consider it an exam. “There is no need for the president to say every week whether I continue or not. We have already made things clear between us. And I feel the support of the president and the club, but obviously I know that this means getting good results,” he said. defended Koeman.

The Barça coach also does not believe that the classic will put added pressure on his position. “I have no problem with the pressure of being Barça’s coach. I know the importance of a game like this. As a player, I have won and lost these games,” said the Dutchman. Last season his team fell in both duels against the whites, 1-3 at the Camp Nou and 2-1 at Valvedebas. “It’s not a decisive match. The final result will only indicate what time each team is. We already know that in a classic many things can happen, we just have to remember last year,” he said sarcastically, alluding indirectly to the dubious penalty that whistled to Lenglet for a dispute with Sergio Ramos.

“There is no clear favorite. But we play at home and we have people on our side. They are great games to play and to be able to show that we have a good team,” Koeman also wanted to claim. “I don’t know who has a better squad. They have more experience in some positions, but we also have experienced players. There are details in which they can be better, but we are also better than them in some aspects,” the coach explained. “We have a good block, we play in control of possession and I imagine a game with few chances. Therefore, we will have to be very effective. We have to be; we have the quality to turn the chances we generate into goals,” said Koeman. , who also believes that surveillance will be very important in Madrid’s counterattacks.

Jordi Alba, recovered

Regarding the list of players mentioned for the match, Jordi Alba, who finished the match against Dinamo Kiev with discomfort, has finally entered the call-up. Pedri, Dembélé and Araujo are not yet injured.


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